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Aggressive interactions between groups are frequent in human societies and can bear significant fitness costs and benefits (e.g. death or access to resources). During between-group competitive interactions, more cohesive groups (i.e. groups formed by individuals who cooperate in group defence) should out-perform less cohesive groups, other factors being equal (e.g. group size). The cost/benefit of between-group competition are thought to have driven correlated evolution of traits that favour between-group aggression and within-group cooperation (e.g. parochial altruism). Our aim was to analyse whether the proximate relationship between between-group competition and within-group cooperation is found in 3–10 years old children and the developmental trajectory of such a relationship. We used a large cohort of children (n = 120) and tested whether simulated between-group competition increased within-group cooperation (i.e. how much of a resource children were giving to their group companions) in two experiments. We found greater within-group cooperation when groups of four children were competing with other groups then in the control condition (no between-group competition). Within-group cooperation increased with age. Our study suggests that parochial altruism and in-group/out-group biases emerge early during the course of human development.

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Majolo, Bonaventura -  Marechal, Laetitia - 

Id.: 69702451

Idioma: inglés  - 

Versión: 1.0

Estado: Final

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Palabras claveC120 Behavioural Biology - 

Tipo de recurso: Article  -  PeerReviewed  - 

Tipo de Interactividad: Expositivo

Nivel de Interactividad: muy bajo

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Relación: [References] http://eprints.lincoln.ac.uk/26684/
[References] http://www.nature.com/articles/srep43277
[References] 10.1038/srep43277

Fecha de contribución: 11-mar-2017

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* Majolo, Bonaventura and Marechal, Laetitia (2017) Between-group competition elicits within-group cooperation in children. Scientific Reports, 7 (43277). ISSN 2045-2322

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